Back from my two (ok three) month hiatus, I want to present you all with an addition to my post about ethical and eco-friendly clothing and accessories. Home goods! Yes, what more to continue living a more conscious and sustainable life than to have fair trade and eco-friendly products throughout your home. I’ve presented a list of online (and some physical!) shops that offer these home items within a reasonable price range. Fair trade items are pricier than their equivalents at local stores like Target, but you are supporting so much more with that increased cost. Lastly, always remember shop smarter and buy smarter, not more!
What they sell: home – blankets & cushions, room & wall decor, baskets & storage, kitchen & dining, candles, books & stationary, poolside & beach, bath & beauty, kids items; accessories – jewelry, scarves, bags, hats + gloves, footwear; apparel – dresses & jumpsuits, tops, bottoms, sweaters & outerwear, resort & beach;
Accompany makes sure every purchase has a purpose by only offering products that are uniquely artisan made, ethically sourced, or come from globally philanthropic partners. Their main mission is to help break the cycles of poverty and economic disparity through a socially conscious industry. Their collection includes over 50 different designers (some I have already listed!) from around the world.
What they sell: baskets, beadwork, jewelry, granary doors, masks & shields, pottery, sculptures, textiles, zulu wire (this shop is great for crafters!)
African Allure offers handmade Fair Trade African products that truly exhibit the culture and people throughout all of Africa. They are the sister company of Baskets of Africa, who sources the finest baskets produced in Africa. African Allure is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
What they sell: bed & bath – bedding, duvets & blankets, sheets & shams, mattresses, throws, decor pillows, bath linen, spa, accessories, cleaning supplies; furniture – sofas & chaises, chairs & stools, coffee & accent tables, dining tables, bar carts & side boards, benches & trunks, cabinets & shelving, beds & headboards, bedside tables & dressers, home office; home decor – rugs & mats, lighting, home accents, wall art, vases, mirrors, frames, candles, planters & terrariums, wreaths & botanicals; kitchen & entertaining – dinnerware, drinkware, pitchers & decanters, flatware & serving utensils, serveware, bakeware, barware, cook’s tools, table linens, aprons, holders & mitts, towels, party essentials; outdoor – furniture, agrarian, rugs & mats, BBQ tools, decor, lighting & candlelight, garden herbs & plants, feeders & habitats, garden tools, wreaths & botanicals; seasonal specials
Bambeco focuses on forest preservation and restoration, clean water and water conservation, and fair wages and safe workplaces. The company practices what they preach by sourcing sustainable goods, donating over 1% of profits to environmental organizations, providing employees paid time off to volunteer with environmental projects, and they conduct carbon-free shipping. Every purchase plants a tree! Bambeco partners include Green America, The Nature Conservancy, Whole Planet Foundation, American Forests, and many more.
What they sell: dining – dinnerware, bowls, serving bowls, napkins, coasters, candle holders; kitchen-knives, cooking spoons, cutting boards, utensils, aprons; garden, travel accessories, textiles
Bambu is a company that focuses on sustainable, eco-friendly products. Everything is grown, sourced, and made local. They work to obtain 3rd-party certification and testing, promote fair labor practices and safe working conditions, and green their supply chain. They use Certified Organic Green Bamboo, are USDA Organic approved, are USDA Certified Biobased Product approved, obtained a Gold Seal of Approval by Green America, and are a member of the Asia-Pacific LOHAS.
What they sell: home decor, stationary, toys & gifts, food & drinks, instruments, jewelry, accessories, personal care, holiday items
Fair & Square Imports guarantees fair wages, safe working conditions, community investment, equal opportunity for women, are environmentally friendly, and focus on community investment. They work to empower marginalized people to break free from cycles of dependency and poverty.
Storefront in McKinney, Texas.
What they sell: bedding; home decor – baskets, flowers, hanging & wall art, nursery, office furnishings, sculpture, soapstone carvings, vases; kitchen & dining – cookware, table top; jewelry – bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings; scarves
Fair Trade Decor is the first 100% fair trade shop in San Diego, CA. Beginning at farmer’s markets, they found a home base in Del Mar, CA where they sell certified fair trade goods from over 40 countries. Fair Trade Decor is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Storefront in Del Mar, California.
What they sell: kitchen & home goods; journals & stationary; men, women’s, and kid’s clothing; bags, belts, hats & gloves, scarves, jewelry, gift ideas,
Fair Trade Winds is a family run business that aims to treat all artisans and farmers as part of their family. Every purchase is made with the confidence that a significant percentage of the purchase goes directly to the makers and creators. Fair Trade Winds is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
What they sell: home items – pottery, soapstone, wall art, frames, wall textiles, art, journals, boxes, games & toys, boxes, linens, glassware, tableware, instruments, soap & personal care, candles; coffee; accessories – bags, purses & pouches, yoga zen; apparel – baby booties & apparel, children’s apparel, knitwear, scarves, shirts; jewelry
Gifts with Humanity is a brand of Global Crafts, who works to improve the lives of artisans in developing countries. They follow fair trade practices that include paying in advance and ensuring the artisans work in fair working conditions. Gifts with Humanity is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Storefront in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
What they sell: home – art, blankets & throws, pillows, candles, clocks, frames & albums, journals, storage, vases, wedding gifts; tabletop – bowls & platters, cheeseboards, dishes, glasses, decanters & pitchers, table linens, bar accessories; kitchen – food & drink, mixing bowls, towels, cutting boards, salt & pepper shakers, utensils, spoon rest, oven mitts & pot holder; women – bath & beauty, jewelry, clothing, bags & wallets, scarves, hats, gloves, blankets & lap throws, bridesmaids gear; men – underwear, socks, wallets & bags, winter gear, groomsmen gear; baby – clothing, toys, blankets, baby shower gifts
Based in Chicago, Greenheart Shop is a premiere non-profit, fair trade shop who sources products and curates a collection that is both ethical and environmentally friendly. They exhibit over 50 socially conscious, environmentally friendly brands (many brands I have listed here and in Ethical and Eco-Friendly Clothing and Accessory Companies I Love) . They are a branch of Greenheart International, a Chicago-based organization that connects people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange.
Storefront in Chicago, Illinois.
What they sell: home decor; Bags – fringe bags, clutches, totes, crossbody bags, purses, duffels,
Manos Zapotecas started with the belief that commerce can change lives for the better because no matter how beautiful the bags are, someone must buy the product to give the artisans the means to support themselves and their families. Founder Shelley Tennyson created the fair trade fashion brand to sell bags from the small Zapotec village of Teotitlan del Valle in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Manos Zapotecas is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
What they sell: home decor – rugs, furniture, hammocks, lamps & lighting, pillows & throws, sculpture, wall decor, vases, instruments, frames, baskets, boxes, journals, games & toys, bookends, bathroom & vanity; tableware – dinnerware, serveware, glassware, table linens; paintings; men’s and women’s clothing; accessories – shawls, scarves, hat, gloves, jewelry (men and women’s), belts, fans, leg & neck warmers, all types of handbags
Novica is in association with National Geographic and has sent over $75.2 million to artisans around the world. They work to connect artisans to a global marketplace to sell their work through product development, marketing, and much more. Novica helps to preserve these artisan’s traditions and allow them to create a viable business on their own. Novica partners with National Geographic, Kiva, Grassroots Business Fund, International Finance Corporation, and Green America.
What they sell: home items – decor, kitchen, bath, dining, outdoor, lamps, candles, toys & games; musical instruments; women’s clothing and accessories – dresses, tops, & skirts, robes & kimonos, scarves, shawls, gloves, purses, handbags, and wallets, hats, hair accessories; jewelry – bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings
One World Fair Trade was established in 2002 and specializes in authentic handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art, sculpture, textiles, clothing, and women’s accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East, and the United States. Every sale improves the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans and helps pay for their food, education, healthcare, and housing. They are working to not only push for a world with fair wages free of forced or child labor and discrimination of any form, but to also empower small farmers and artisans to grow their business sustainably. One World Fair Trade is a Green America Certified Business and a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
What they sell: home goods – table top, pillows, curtains, candles, paper products, soaps; women’s clothing – tops & tees, pants & skirts, dresses & jumpsuits, outerwear, loungewear; scarves & belts; jewelry; totes & handbags, backpacks, clutches, wallets, computer & tablet sleeves
Raven + Lily works to alleviate poverty among women by employing women at a safe job with fair trade wages, sustainable income, healthcare, and education. Over 1,500 marginalized women are employed throughout Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, Kenya, the USA, Guatemala, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Haiti. Raven + Lily is a certified B Corporation.
What they sell: home decor – accents, baskets, textiles, wall art, office, games, furniture; kitchen – accessories, mugs & teapots, linens, ceramics; garden – birdhouses & chimes, porch & decor; food – chocolate, spices, snacks & treats, beverages; jewelry – necklaces, earrings, bracelets; scarves, bags, winter knits; apparel – dresses & skirts, tops, sweaters, men’s shirts; holiday items
Serrv is a nonprofit, fair trade organization that partners with 55 small-scale artisan/farmer organizations and cooperatives to bring the public handcrafted products. They work to provide education opportunities, skills training, resources, and more to help the artisan businesses grow. They are a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, the Fair Trade Federation, and a Green America Certified Business.
What they sell: home – kitchen & dining, baskets & storage, home decor, rugs & mats, linen, furniture; outdoor – garden, wind chimes, planters; candles & incense; office stationary; games, toys, instruments; spa & skincare; art; office & stationary; world treasures; jewelry – earrings, bracelets, anklets, rings, necklaces; accessories – bags (all styles), scarves, hats, hair products, ponchos & shawls, wallets;
Ten Thousand Villages brings together a collection of goods from developing communities around the world crafted from local materials. Every purchase directly benefits the artisans by helping them earn fair wages, provide a home for their family, send their kids to school, and much more. Ten Thousand Villages was established in 1946 and continues to focus on fair prices, long-term partnerships, good working conditions, eco-conscious practices, and empowering the voices of the artisans. Ten Thousand Villages is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation
What they sell: house – dining & entertainment, table linens, bath, blankets, pillows, throws, decor, rugs, baskets, food & drinks; babies & kids – decor, knits, toys; accessories – bags (all styles), bracelets, hats, keychains, mittens, scarves, wallets; office – iPad and laptop cases; baskets; travel essentials – luggage tags, toiletry bags, serapes; candles
The Little Market is a fair trade shop founded by Lauren Conrad (yes THE Lauren Conrad) and Hannah Skvarla where customers can purchase beautiful products handmade by artisans around the world. Their artisan partners work hard to improve the quality of life in their communities ranging from literacy workshops, business training, health programs, and, of course, fair trade practices. All revenue generated goes directly to the artisans with any surplus used to expand the network of artisans. The Little Market is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise.
What they sell: home goods – pillows, kitchenware, decorative bowls, holiday decorations, table runners/mats; paper goods; Bags – totes, clutches, overnight packs, shoulder bags, messenger bags; jewelry – necklaces, earrings, bracelets; shoes; Men – belts, wallets, bowtie, ties, leather bracelets; kids – baby, plush toys, bracelets, blanket; accessories – bows, ties, wallets, belts, passport wallet, scarves
To the Market presents handmade goods from beautiful artisans who have overcome the unfortunate stress of abuse, conflict, and disease. They partner with existing cooperatives to help sustain and grow their business through three different methods: promoting artisanal goods via multiple distribution channels, offering a platform for artisans to share their stories, and improving production management.
What they sell: homeware – bowls, trays, cooking spoon, plates, serving board; furniture – dressers, shelving units, coat rack, tables, chairs, bookcase, vase
Tropical Salvage “salvages” all different types of wood to craft them into beautiful pieces of furniture using an environmentally friendly finish. Tropical Salvage crafts in a town named Jepara, located in North Central Java, Indonesia, employing about seventy local people. Employees work fair hours, are paid 20% above industry standard, receive PTO, healthcare, retirement plans, and more. Tropical Salvage uses their business to assist in tropical forest conservation, climate change mitigation, and environmental education.
What they sell: home accents – candles & lighting, rugs & mats, racks & hooks, vases, pillows & throws, statues & sculptures, baskets & storage, wall decor; furniture – sofas & sectionals, chairs & seating, dining tables, consoles & chests, coffee & accent tables, beds, shelving & storage, dressers & bedside tables, desks; kitchen + dining – dinnerware, table decor & linens, drinkware, flatware, trays, cheeseboards, bar accessories; bed & bath – shower curtains, decor, organization, linens, towels; garden – outdoor rugs, statues, planters, decor, tables, chairs & benches, plants; women’s – apparel, loungewear, jewelry;
VivaTerra presents beautifully crafted, eco-friendly decor from all over the world. They value the global citizen (fair trade practices and artisan-made), creating a small footprint by using reclaimed or recycled material, using all natural products without chemicals, and everything home-grown in the USA. They partner with TerraPass, an organization that helps businesses, institutions, and individuals take responsibility for renewable energy and sustainable practices in their everyday lives.